Grassroots Aboriginal Rugby League in NSW
An exhibition by photo-documentary artist Amanda James
Knockout exhibition was opened by Dr. Romaine Moreton, artist and writer of poetry, prose and film at Customs House in Circular Quay on 9 December 2010. Featuring 31 photographic works by Amanda James, photo-documentary artist based in Sydney and regional NSW.
Amanda James first attended Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival at Nambucca Heads in 1986, a few years after, “my middle class, white family of five had relocated from Sydney’s southern beaches, to Tweed Heads. I was a teenager without a camera, and armed mostly with 70’s and 80’s text book knowledge of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.” after 28 years as an audience, Amanda James realised the significance of this carnival reaches beyond sports. The selection from this exhibition was taken during the 2004-2010 Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnivals, held in Sydney, Tweed Heads and Woy Woy NSW. Curator, Arthur Chan said, “The most important element of this documentary is the positive energy generated around the carnival, the moments captured are when everyone is enjoying themselves and expressing their sense of pride to be who they are.”
The Knockout exhibition is set to form part of an ongoing documentary.
Artist and Curator Talk
29 January 2011 2:30pm
Floor talk and discussion with Amanda James and Arthur Chan
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